Walking into different beauty stores, only to see the lack of products created for black women like me is so frustrating. I admit that I am a bit of a skincare fanatic. I spend most of my time stalking and testing out different beauty brands, hoping to finally find the one product that compliments my skin complexion and type. Although this has been a super long and stressful journey, I've finally found products that work for me. What better way is there for us to celebrate our beautiful black skin than by taking care of it? The best part is that all of these products are cruelty free and will keep your #MelaninOnFleek for under $10!
1 When Your Battle with Acne is Stressing You out
Because I have sensitive skin, I break out pretty often. I've always been very skeptical of name brand soaps because of the harsh chemicals and fragrances found in them. However, I picked up SheaMoisture's African Black Soap on a whim and was not disappointed. I've been using it for the past week and it's left my skin feeling super smooth. While most people use it to get rid of face acne, I mainly use it as a body wash.
2 When You Want Your Skin to Look and Feel Rejuvenated
Get ready for some black girl magic at its finest. It's already been scientifically proven that black women age at a slower rate than other ethnicities. Use an anti-aging cream such as Iman Cosmetic's Time Control Skin Refresher Lotion to keep your skin hydrated. This also doubles as a makeup remover!
3 When You Want to Catch Some Rays
Here me out on this one! One of the things that I love about being a black woman is that we naturally have a high melanin count, which means that our darker skin shields us from UV rays. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't take the necessary steps to protect your gorgeous skin. Even though Babyganics' Mineral Based Sunscreen is a baby product, it's the only sunscreen I've found that works just as well on adults and is very gentle on sensitive skin.
4 When You Want Your Skin to Feel Silky Smooth - the Organic Way
This year, I've really been getting into using organic and natural soaps. Naturally, I fell in love with SheaMoisture's Olive & Green Tea Shea Butter Soap! This huge bar of soap definitely fits the bill, plus is moisturizing and lasts for a long time. The green tea leaves are an added bonus.
5 When You're Trying to Hide Your Partying from the Night before #panda
Take care of those 'shopping bags' under your eyes. For a quick fix, try the metal spoon or tea bags trick (where you rest either on your eyes for a few minutes until the puffiness goes down). For something more substantial, Preparation H's Hemorrhoidal Cream is actually a great alternative. It quickly soothes and shrinks the swollen tissue under your eyes. What more can you ask for?
6 When You Need to Even out Your Skin Tone (and Make Sure Your Melanin is on FLEEK)
We've all experienced this firsthand: No matter how many combinations of products you try, evening out your skin tone is hard AF. That's why this is a personal favorite of mine. Black Radiance's BB cream is oil free and works as a concealer, primer and moisturizer.
7 When You Need Help Taming Those Annoying Ingrown Hairs
Because of it's small size, this is more of a splurge but is totally worth it. If you've ever suffered from ingrown hairs, you know just how painful the removal process is. This makes everything SO much easier and is perfect for sensitive skin!
8 Oily Skin Fade Cream for an Even Complexion
This magical little product will help fade dark marks and even out your lovely complexion. Just because you have dark skin doesn't mean you don't have age spots or other blemishes. If they're bothering you, regular use of this fade cream can help.
9 Get Rid of Shine with Oil Blotting Papers
Oily skin is never something you want to deal with. That's why these papers are so handy. Use them to easily soak up the shine on your face. Stash these papers in your bag and you'll always be perfectly matte when you need to be.
10 Get a Beautiful Bronze with This Foundation
For your lovely dark skin, you won't want just any foundation. This one blends evenly and gives you a radiance you won't get anywhere else. It's easy to apply and gives you all day coverage. Perfect!
These are definitely #skincaregoals. Ladies, what are some products that you swear by?
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